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Manuscript Guidelines for Light on Ayurveda Journal
Revised January 2011

Manuscript Guidelines for Light on Ayurveda Journal

Light on Ayurveda: Journal of Health, invites submission of original, unpublished* articles and case studies on the many facets of Ayurveda and its sister science, Yoga. Articles should be firmly grounded in the spirit and science of Ayurveda. The Editors reserve the right to edit articles for clarity and consistency of expression and to fit available space.
LOAJ begins its preparations six months ahead of the publishing date. The earliest submitted articles are highest on the list for publication. Do not hesitate to submit your article earlier than the deadline. The Editorial review protocol assists authors to bring their articles to an even higher level; time is needed for this process to unfold.

Manuscript preparation:
Material should be prepared in Word as described below in formatting section and uploaded through manuscript submission site listed below. All figures, graphics, photos, and tables should be included in one file along with the text. Text should be in separate sections from figures, graphics, photos, and tables, but reference can be included to facilitate their placement within the text. Graphics are printed in 300 dpi resolution.

Manuscript submission:
All the manuscripts should be submitted electronically. Please go to the Manuscript Submission and choose Light on Ayurveda Journal from the drop down menu, and follow the instructions. All requested information must be filled out. In case of any difficulty, please contact LOAJ for help.

Length of article: 1,000 to 2,000 words for regular articles, 500-1000 words for columns, up to 3500 words for a feature article or review. The word count should be adjusted downward if accompanied by more than 2 illustrations or by an extensive bibliography. Book reviews or conference/workshop reviews: 500-700 words.
Include: A bio of up to 100 words with contact information and a picture to accompany the article (head shot in good resolution – jpg in 300 dpi is excellent).
Copyrights: As the author, the article belongs to you, as the publisher, it also belongs to LOAJ. LOAJ will be investing a considerable amount of time and work to prepare it for publication. It should not be offered for publication elsewhere (including websites) until you hear either that it will not be accepted by LOAJ or until it is actually published.
Formatting: Work shall be submitted in Word doc., formatted as below. (Your specially formatted version can be the version sent by regular mail or via pdf to show the placement of graphics and charts.)
     Titles and subtitles: Bold
     Font: Times
     Size: 12
     Line spacing: single
     Paragraphs: Indicated by a double return, no indents.
Special Formatting: Do not add any special formatting features such as columns, indents, alignment, or justification. However, do indicate lists or charts (can be done in excel). If you have a specific idea about formatting, send the article formatted the way you wish in a pdf file, but send the main text file as a Word doc so that it can be copy edited and set into layout and design.

Textual Notes:

  • Sanskrit words are italicized and defined upon their first appearance. After that initial introduction, they are not italicized. Ex: avidya (ignorance, not knowledge).
  • Sanskrit words using diacritics- Our publisher has Sanskrit editors who can place the correct diacritics for Sanskrit words.
  • Several Sanskrit words are considered too common to define although they will be in the glossary in each issue: vata, pitta, kapha, dosha.
  • Regarding herbs - do not capitalize although the first letter of the Latin name should be capitalized, e.g. ashwagandha (Withania somnifera).
  • In general, avoid capitalizing words simply for emphasis since frequent capitalization reduces that effect. 

Format for a Case Study: The general form is outlined as follows. (Although these constitute the basic elements, the order of presentation need not be rigid):
1. Presentation of the symptoms noted by the client and the findings from the examination.
2. Description of the plan of action and the Ayurvedic principles involved in the decision.
3. Course of the treatment including modifications
4. General description of the Ayurvedic understanding and theory behind the findings and the plan of treatment.
5. Outcome of treatment
6. Summary and discussion of the case
Format for a Research presentation:

  • Introduction (brief)
  • Review of literature on the subject
  • Object of the presentation
  • Findings
  • Conclusions
  • Brief summary of the paper

Book, Media or Workshop Reviews: 500 to 800 words. Must be presented in an unbiased manner with information rather than advertisement as the key component to the report/review.
     Books: Include title, author, publisher, publishing date, number of pages, price.
     Video/audio: Include title, performer, producer, contact information, type (cassette, CD, video), length, price.
     Workshop/seminar: Include title, presenter, location, number of hours/days,
      contact information, cost. Note: Review should be of an on-going or continuing offering.

How to Reference following JAMA guidelines:

  • VIP - References should be keyed to the placement of the quote in the text and numbered consecutively in order of appearance.
  • List citations as “Endnotes”, not as “footnotes”.
  • Use the Footnote function for a broader description or explanation of a statement within the text.
  • Personal communications (oral or written) should be acknowledged within the text.
  • Broad statements and principles should be accompanied by references in English translation (plus optionally in transliteration) to authoritative texts, especially the six major ancient texts.
  • Material from ancient texts should be noted in standard format (e.g. CaSu,xvii, 29-32) within the text. Please note: The editors give preference to articles referencing the sources of the Ayurvedic principles presented.
  • When the ancient texts are directly quoted, the source needs to be cited in the Endnotes, giving full information on which translation, etc. was used.
  • It is better to include more information on your sources rather than less.
  • Book references

        Author: Selye, HA(followed by a period)
        Title of book: The Stress of Life
        Edition: (if more than one)
        Publisher: New York, NY, McGraw-Hill,
       Date, Page numbers: 1976:29-30.
        Actual entry:
        Selye, HA. The Stress of Life, New York, NY, McGraw-Hill, 1976:29-30.

Example of a translated book:
        Author: ________Use a line if author is unknown.
        Title: Caraka-Samhita
Translated by: A. Chandra Kaviratna & P. Sharma (Change to initials and last name)
        Edition: 2nd
        Publisher and Date: Sri Satguru Publications, Delhi, 1996.
        Page number/s: 33-45.
                                Actual entry:
_________Caraka-Samhita Translated by AC Kaviratna, P Sharma, 2nd ed. Delhi, Sri Satguru Publications,
1996. 33-45

(2) Journal references :
        Author: Rowland IP (followed by a period)
        Article: Pathogenesis of muscular dystrophies (do not capitalize full title, follow by a comma)
        Publication: Archives of Neurology  (may be in accepted abbreviation in italics) e.g. Arch Neur
Year: 1976 (followed by a semicolon)
        If no volume number or each vol. starts with page one: use month, year
        Volume number: 33 (followed by a colon)
        Page number: 315 (followed by a period)
        Actual entry: Rowland IP. Pathogenesis of muscular dystrophies. Arch. of Neurology, 1976; 33:315.
Or an example of a periodical needing further identification of the specific issue: deJager, P, Tumeric: ayurvedic spice of life, part I, LOAJ, Spring 2003; 12-16.
(3)     Bulletins and pamphlets:
        Name of Author (if given)
        Title of bulletin: Your Asthma can be Controlled: Expect Nothing Less
        Place of publication: Washington, DC
        Name of issuing bureau or dept:  U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, NIH, 
        Date:  1991
        Page number: 4
        Publication number, if any
        Series number, if given.

Actual Entry: Your Asthma can be Controlled: Expect Nothing Less. Washington, DC, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, NIH, 1991:4.

(4)             Note: Give any further information that would help the reader locate the book if it is published in India or another country.
(5)             Citations should be listed in the order in which they occur in the manuscript.

    • Demonstration following:

1. deJager, P., Tumeric: ayurvedic spice of life, part I, LOAJ, I:3, 12-16.
2. Rowland IP. Pathogenesis of muscular dystrophies. Arch. of Neurology, 1976; 33:315.
  3. ______Caraka-Samhita AC Kaviratna, P Sharma, trans. 2nd ed. Delhi, Sri Satguru Publications,
4. deJager, Prashanti, Tumeric: Ayurvedic Spice of Life, Part I, LOAJ, I:3 (Spring 2003) 12-16.


Special Notes:
Permission of the author and publisher must be obtained for the direct use of previously published material. Up to 100 words of prose can usually be quoted without permission provided it is not the essence of the complete work. Waivers are required for publication of photographs unless the faces are masked to prevent identification.

The Process: 

  • A discussion of your proposed article with the Editor-in-Chief is suggested. Once received, the article is considered to be the property of LOAJ. This means that it may not be published elsewhere, including online, until either we indicate that it will not be published or until it appears in print in LOAJ.
  • Your article will be forwarded for review to members of the Review Board with expertise in the topic presented. When the review is complete, you will be notified as to your article’s status and will be given advance notice of the actual date of its publication. You may be asked to revise portions of your article either by the Co-Managing Editor or by the copy editor.
  • Once it has been prepared for publication at the printer (DK Printworld of India), they will send you a proof for your final approval. It is very important that you respond to these requests for revisions and copy proofing to bring your article to completion and publication.

Copyright Information: Articles published in the Light on Ayurveda Journal become the property of the journal and may be used on the LOAJ web site or in promotional materials and reprints offered to help support LOAJ. The author may use the article freely once it has been published. However, if publishing it in another entity, it shall be noted to be “reprinted from LOAJ, Vol. #, Issue #, p. #”.
 Correspondence to Light on Ayurveda Journal, Dr. Jerry Solfvin, Center for Indic Studies, UMass-Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747 U.S.A.
Email:        Tel: 508-999-8588  Fax: 508-999-8451

* Articles that have been published outside of the United States or in small, local publications may be exempted from this rule upon consideration by the Editorial Board. Posting an article on a Web site is also considered “published”.


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